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Giving the President a Wedgie

Posted on October 6, 2009

Giving the President A Wedgie

President Obama is like the new kid at the international school. The girls all like him, because they think he is cute, but the boys don’t like him, don’t trust him, and worst of all, don’t fear him.

Yes, Obama is beloved by the Europeans, by the South Americans, by people around the world. But when it comes to their governments, he is getting no respect.

His trip to Copenhagen was but one example of that dynamic. He was suckered into making the trip, only to be completely humiliated by the IOC, who didn’t even give Chicago the dignity of beating Tokyo. That was the international equivalent to giving the President a wedgie.

I fear the President’s general non-confrontational attitude will mean that the world will take America less seriously, and we will all suffer as a result.

For example, the Independent (a British Paper) report today that China, Brazil, the Arab States, the Russians, the Japanese and the French are secretly plotting to “ end dollar dealings for oil, moving instead to a basket of currencies including the Japanese yen and Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new, unified currency planned for nations in the Gulf Co-operation Council, including Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar.

Secret meetings have already been held by finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia, China, Japan and Brazil to work on the scheme, which will mean that oil will no longer be priced in dollars. The plans, confirmed to The Independent by both Gulf Arab and Chinese banking sources in Hong Kong, may help to explain the sudden rise in gold prices, but it also augurs an extraordinary transition from dollar markets within nine years.”

If this happens, America will be forced to pay higher interest rates when it borrows money (which it does every day), which will mean either a higher debt or higher taxes, less purchasing power and a diminished place in the world.

It is hard to see President Obama doing much about this secret meeting. It is hard to see him standing strong, kicking butt and taking names. It is hard to see him standing strong.

When the Russians asked him to take down the missile defense system that George Bush put in Poland and the Czech Republic, he quietly complied. Don’t want to anger Mr. Putin.

When the Chinese asked him to not meet with the Dalai Lama, he quietly complied. Don’t need to anger the Chinese Communists, especially when he was planning to go over there and kow-tow in person.

When Nancy Pelosi said we shouldn’t send more troops to Afghanistan, the President hesitated. Despite the fact that this was the so-called war of necessity, and despite the fact that his generals said that sending more troops was the only way to win this so-called war of necessity, he is still hesitating. What is he waiting for?

The Israelis are so concerned that President Obama is going to sell them out that they are making their own preparations to defend themselves against a nuclear Iran. I don’t think they have much of a choice.

George Bush had his fair share of critics, and deservedly so. Some thought he was an idiot. Some thought he didn’t deserve to be President.

But he wasn’t about to be pushed around by the Chinese, the Saudis, the Russians or anybody else for that matter.

He met with the Dalai Lama. He put missiles in Putin’s backyard. He took the heat from the left. The Israelis knew that Bush had their back. He projected American power.

President Sarkozy has openly wondered if President Obama is tough enough to do the job. He is not the only one who wonders about the President’s toughness.

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